Out of Town: Literary Landmarks
Every Person in New York
Louisa May ALCOTT
Orchard House in Concord, MA is where the Alcotts lived for almost three decades and where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women.
The Emily Dickinson Museum, The Homestead and the Evergreens, in Amherst, MA is a fine way to commune with the poet. For writers seeking extra communing and possible inspiration, you can spend two hours in the bedroom at a writing desk, with your paper and pencil or laptop. Studio Sessions are $300 for two hours.
Ralph Waldo EMERSON
Also in Concord, MA (see Alcott and Thoreau), the house where RWE raised his family.
The Frost Place in Franconia, NH is now a center for poetry and the arts. The Frosts lived in the house full-time for five years and spent 19 summers there. A Poetry Seminar takes place from July 29-August 3.
The current exhibit at the delightful Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA is called Murder He Wrote, showcasing Gorey's affinity for the mystery genre.
Naulakha in Dummerston, VT is the home that Kipling designed and in which he lived for several years. He wrote The Jungle Book in the library. Unlike most authors' homes, you can call Naulakha your own, at least for a little while. Stay in the house for $430-$495 a night, minimum three nights. It's otherwise not open to the public.
Arrowhead in Pittsfield, MA is where Melville lived from 1850-1863 and the place where he wrote Moby Dick. It's now a house museum operated by the Berkshire Historical Society. Melville was friends with Oliver Wendell Holmes and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived in the area. From August 2-5, the second annual Moby Dick reading marathon.
The setting for Long Day's Journey Into Night was the Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, CT, O'Neill's boyhood summer home.
Edgar Allan POE
This one is actually in town: The Poe Cottage in the Bronx, is the place Poe spent his last years—a small farmhouse built in in 1812.
Henry David THOREAU
They'll celebrate Thoreau's 201st birthday tomorrow, July 12, at his birth house in Concord, MA, run by the Thoreau Society. Some contemplation at Walden Pond is a must.
Mark TWAIN and Harriet Beecher STOWE
Twain and Stowe made Hartford, CT a literary center when, in the latter part of the 19th century, the powerhouse duo (TwOwe?) became next-door neighbors. Both the Mark Twain House and Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House are well worth visiting.
The Mount in Lenox, MA is the beautiful estate designed by Wharton and where, for 10 years, she "lived and gardened and wrote contentedly." There's a sculpture exhibit on the grounds through October.
Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.